Ball State University: Narrative Description

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2000 University Ave.
Muncie, IN 47306-1099
Tel: (765)289-1241
Free: 800-482-4BSU
Admissions: (765)285-8300
Fax: (765)285-1632
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, university, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1918. Setting: 955-acre suburban campus with easy access to Indianapolis. Research spending 2003-04: $4.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5473 per student. Total enrollment: 20,544. Faculty: 1,169 (903 full-time, 266 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 10,375 applied, 76% were admitted. 18% from top 10% of their high school class, 42% from top quarter, 80% from top half. 11 National Merit Scholars, 23 valedictorians. Full-time: 16,196 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 1,339 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 49 states and territories, 9% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 7% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.02% international, 8% 25 or older, 41% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 80% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: essay, recommendations, interview, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 5/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $5752 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $14,928 full-time. Mandatory fees: $508 full-time. College room and board: $6228. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 330 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 10% of eligible men and 10% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Association, Excellence in Leadership, Black Student Association, student voluntary services. Major annual events: Homecoming, Unity Week, Quad Bash. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 6,300 college housing spaces available. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Bracken Library plus 3 others with 1.1 million books, 1 million microform titles, 2,937 serials, 506,303 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $7.9 million. 1,500 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Muncie is the county seat and the largest city in east-central Indiana. It is located on the White River, 66 miles northeast of Indianapolis. All forms of commercial transportation are available.

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